R68A (New York City Subway car)
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Stillwell Avenue-bound Q train of R68As leaving West 8th Street-New York Aquarium ----
Manufacturer Kawasaki Heavy Industries
Built at Kobe, Japan
Constructed 1988-1989
Number built 200
Number in service 200 (of which 176 are scheduled for service during rush hours)
Formation Stainless steel with fiberglass end bonnets
Fleet numbers 5001-5200
Capacity 70 (seated)
Operator New York City Subway
Depot(s) Coney Island Yard
Line(s) served B (New York City Subway service) and Q (New York City Subway service)
Car body construction stainless steel with fiberglass end bonnets
Car length 75 ft (22.9 m)
Width 10 ft (3.0 m)
Height 12.08 ft (3.7 m)
Platform height 3.76 ft (1.1 m)
Doors 8
Maximum speed 55 mph (89 km/h)
58 mph (93 km/h)-Downgrade, in 60th Street Tunnel
Weight 92,720 lb (42,057 kg)
Power supply AdTranz E-Cam Propulsion with Westinghouse 1447J motors(115 hp (85.7555 kW) on all axles)
Braking system(s) WABCO (dynamic and friction), WABCO tread brake rigging model TBU GR90
Gauge standard gauge

R68A is a class of New York City Subway cars that were built in Kobe, Japan by Kawasaki Rail Car Company. There were 200 R68A cars built from 1988–89. They first entered into service in April 1988 on the D train. They replaced the last R10s, R27s, and unrebuilt R30s.

R68As are currently assigned to the B and Q. The fleet is based out of the Coney Island Yard. They were the last cars to be built with a length of 75 feet long.


  • The door to the operator's cab slides open on an R68A as opposed to swinging open as on an R68.
  • The R68 and R68A fleets have different window frames.
  • Unlike the R68s, the R68As do not feature rims around the red door indicator lights.
  • The "MTA New York City Subway" logos are arranged differently between the two car types.
  • The side ribbing runs all the way to the car ends and side doors on an R68, but taper off on approach on an R68A.
  • Only the R68s have a metal bar separating the side sign from window, while the R68A has one solid pane of glass